Tokyo, April 12, 2013 – High-performance plastic sheets from Bayer MaterialScience have been chosen for an agricultural reconstruction project in the disaster area of northeast Japan, hit two years ago by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. The material is used in a new greenhouse of a local farming corporation called VEGi-Dream Kuhara. It has been set up by subsidiary companies of Toyota Motor Corporation in cooperation with the local government. The transparent multiwall polycarbonate sheets have been selected mainly due to their good thermal insulation.
The reconstruction project led by Toyota aims at making agricultural production more environmentally friendly and sustainable. Hence, the new greenhouse is using waste heat from a nearby Toyota automobile plant for warm water generation. The greenhouse serves for growing paprika for domestic use. Since more than 90 percent of the Japanese paprika market consists of imported products, the project also aims at increasing the self-sufficiency of the population with agricultural goods.
The selected plastic sheets are lightweight, durable, easy to install and - as distinct from glass - unbreakable. “Bayer’s polycarbonate offers multiple benefits for the construction industry,” says Kimiyasu Yonemaru, Senior Country Representative for Bayer MaterialScience in Japan. The material is not only used in agricultural infrastructure but also elsewhere in the construction sector – for instance in roof constructions such as those of the national stadium of Brasilia, Brazil or the Baltic Arena in Gdansk, Poland which was used in last year’s European Soccer Championships. Other application areas are in transportation, consumer electronics and medical technology.
Bayer has provided nearly EUR 2.3 million in aid to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami. In the immediate wake of the catastrophe, the company provided emergency relief in the form of monetary and in-kind donations. Bayer also supports reconstruction projects through the Bayer Cares Foundation.
About VEGi Dream Kurihara Corporation
Held 100 percent by Toyota Tsusho Foods Corporation, VEGi Dream Kurihara is a farming corporationaiming at stable supply of domestic paprika. Toyota Tsusho Foods Corporation is an affiliate of Toyota Tsusho Corporation, Toyota Motor East Japan, Inc. and Toyota Motor Corporation. They are working together with the Miyagi prefecture and the Ohira village government in Japan.
About Bayer MaterialScience:
With 2012 sales of EUR 11.5 billion, Bayer MaterialScience is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. At the end of 2012, Bayer MaterialScience had 30 production sites and employed approximately 14,500 people around the globe. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company.
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